Kiko Alonso rips ‘ignorant’ Colin Kaepernick over Fidel Castro talk
Miami Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso says “bad blood” now exists between himself and Colin Kaepernick over the San Francisco 49ers quarterback’s comments about Fidel Castro, who died away last week.
“He’s ignorant,” Alonso said of Kaepernick.
Alonso, whose father is a Cuban exile, criticized Kaepernick for the Castro comments after the Dolphins’ 31-24 victory Sunday over the 49ers.
“I do have feelings about it. So there was some bad blood there for me with Kaepernick,” Alonso told Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.
Salguero, born in Cuba, confronted Kaepernick last week during a conference call over the quarterback’s decision to wear a Castro shirt during training camp. Kaepernick attempted to sidestep the inquiries, prompting Salguero to write a scathing column in which he characterized Kaepernick as an “unrepentant hypocrite.”
Kaepernick did attempt to clarify his comments after the fact, but as far as Alonso was concerned, the damage was done.
Alonso, who had 12 tackles in Miami’s win, intercepted Kaepernick once, recovered a fumble and had a hand in tackling Kaepernick to clinch the game, said the quarterback’s comments did motivate him.
“Yeah, it matters,” Alonso said of Kaepernick’s stance. “I didn’t read your article, to be honest. But I did see what happened. So, yeah, there were some feelings on my part.”
But Alonso indicated he didn’t say anything to Kaepernick on the field.
“No, I had nothing to say,” he said. “Usually, I just try to play my game. But I did try to hit him.”
Alonso did, however, wear a headband bearing the Cuban flag in the locker room.
Kiko Alonso now… pic.twitter.com/7Xt3lo7Ra4
— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) November 27, 2016
Alonso also took to social media afterward to post a photo of the game-clinching play.
Vamos Coño !!!! #FinsUp #MiamiDolphins #MIAvsSF #CubaLibre pic.twitter.com/OQalrEtraS
— Kiko Alonso (@Kiko__Alonso) November 27, 2016
Between that tweet and his postgame comments, Alonso made it perfectly clear how he feels about Kaepernick and the quarterback’s views on Cuba.